Solving Puzzles and the Art of Giving Feedback

August 17, 2020 Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert is the Founder, President, and CEO of the Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI). She has dedicated the last 30 years to international education, sharing her knowledge as a published author and speaker on world education systems. As an advisor, Jasmin helps institutions and organizations navigate emerging markets, credential evaluation standards, […]

Dispatches from Los Angeles: Moving during a Pandemic

Written by: Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert Image credit: Transport Executive What is the one thing one dreads to do during so-called normal times that would be the last thing on the list during a global pandemic? Can you hazard a guess? If you answered “moving,” then you’re spot on. After spending the past four months of lock-down […]

China: Taking steps to ensure academic document legitimacy

Cooperative Agreement between CDGDC and ACEI April 18, 2013 According to a recent IIE Open Door report “International Student enrollment increased by 5% in 2010/11, led by strong increase in students from China.” The report cites a 23% increase in the number of Chinese students of which 43% are studying at the undergraduate level. According […]

MOOCs: Game-changer in higher education? Or, trouble maker?

November 29, 2012 What are MOOCs? The acronym “MOOC” stands for “massive open online course.” It’s “massive” because the online courses often enroll hundreds or even thousands of students per course. They are also massively open in terms of enrollment, allowing anyone interested in learning to sign up for free, which makes them openly available. […]

Adversity and Ingenuity: Partners in Creation

October 11, 2012 Human beings have shown amazing ingenuity in fashioning musical instruments, often in less than ideal conditions. Many of these instruments were conceived and designed by people at the bottom of the social spectrum, most of whom were slaves in the Americas. Here are four examples that demonstrate amazing creativity by people who […]

Education As We Know It: Time to Review, Revise & Upgrade

December 8, 2011 There’s been a great deal of talk lately about the value of education whether at the elementary, secondary or college level. People are starting to wonder whether a college degree is worth the tuition required to earn one. The education system as we know it is no longer working. Some education leaders […]

“Follow your Bliss”

“Follow your Bliss” ~Joseph Campbell September 02, 2011 How do we find our bliss and then stay committed to following it? As the renowned mythologist, author and teacher Joseph Campbell stated in the book, The Power of Myth “… I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t […]

What happened to innovation?

August 25, 2011 As our dependence on fossil fuels continues to persist compounded by demand from the emerging economies of China and India, you would think our universities would be encouraging their graduate students to enter research programs in search of alternatives to oil. But that is not the case. In a recent August 24, […]